Interview with

Ricardo Bouyett

Director of

Ricardo Bouyett

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

‘A Sweeter Place’ happened as a spontaneous collaboration. I had no real concrete story – at the time I was going through some imposter syndrome feelings and was reflecting on my journey as a filmmaker. Originally it was about lockdown and the effects of cabin fever but then I scratched that and decided to go with a story similar to my own. That being of this artist who’s so obsessed with wanting to fix themselves through their art that they create this tool that ends up being the object of her affection, but also their possible downfall. Olivia’s story reflects my own – softly but poignantly and Nikki Harris executes this flawlessly in their performance.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

The only real challenges we faced were building the yarn installation in time to film the scenes as well as avoiding setting anything on fire with the bonfire in the backyard. We handled it pretty well.

How has the short film been received?

The film has been featured on a few other platforms and received high praises and reviews so far. I’ve started submitting the film to some film festivals and hope to continue pushing it out.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Currently I’m finishing post-production on my last short from 2020 titled ‘Crybaby’ in hopes of releasing it before the summer. As for work I’ve done in 2021, I’m developing two new shorts: a dance film ‘1:1’ and a short drama thriller ‘Even Saints Bleed’. In addition to these new projects, I’m also writing a horror short and a drama feature screenplay that I hope to start pre-production on later in the year.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

My advice is to just do it. With whatever you have available and whoever is in your corner, make what you want to make. The industry is designed to discourage you for a reason, don’t let it.

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Interview with

Ricardo Bouyett

Director of

Ricardo Bouyett

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

‘A Sweeter Place’ happened as a spontaneous collaboration. I had no real concrete story – at the time I was going through some imposter syndrome feelings and was reflecting on my journey as a filmmaker. Originally it was about lockdown and the effects of cabin fever but then I scratched that and decided to go with a story similar to my own. That being of this artist who’s so obsessed with wanting to fix themselves through their art that they create this tool that ends up being the object of her affection, but also their possible downfall. Olivia’s story reflects my own – softly but poignantly and Nikki Harris executes this flawlessly in their performance.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

The only real challenges we faced were building the yarn installation in time to film the scenes as well as avoiding setting anything on fire with the bonfire in the backyard. We handled it pretty well.

How has the short film been received?

The film has been featured on a few other platforms and received high praises and reviews so far. I’ve started submitting the film to some film festivals and hope to continue pushing it out.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Currently I’m finishing post-production on my last short from 2020 titled ‘Crybaby’ in hopes of releasing it before the summer. As for work I’ve done in 2021, I’m developing two new shorts: a dance film ‘1:1’ and a short drama thriller ‘Even Saints Bleed’. In addition to these new projects, I’m also writing a horror short and a drama feature screenplay that I hope to start pre-production on later in the year.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

My advice is to just do it. With whatever you have available and whoever is in your corner, make what you want to make. The industry is designed to discourage you for a reason, don’t let it.

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